Joe Joyce says he WOULD step in and fight Tyson Fury if Dillian Whyte pulls out of Wembley showdown as ‘The Body Snatcher’ continues his media silence… and reveals he is in talks to face Joseph Parker this summer
- Joe Joyce wants to fight Tyson Fury if Dillian Whyte walks away from the bout
- Whyte has gone silent over a contract dispute with the Gypsy King’s team
- ‘The Juggernaut’ also said he is in talks to face Joseph Parker in June or July
- Joyce was speaking on the Gary Newbon Sports Show with Jewson
Heavyweight star Joe Joyce says he would gladly step in for Dillian Whyte and face Tyson Fury at Wembley this month, should ‘The Body Snatcher’ pull out of the bout amid his continue dispute with Fury’s camp.
Whyte’s team have been engaged in a row with Fury’s promoter Frank Warren over alleged breaches of contract, including claims he has not been given tickets for friends and family or told the size of the ring.
He also missed the first official press conference because he was not given an official invitation, and there are now fears that Whyte could withdraw from the event altogether as he maintains his absence from any interviews or coverage.
Joe Joyce says he would fight Tyson Fury this month if Dillian Whyte pulled out of the event
The Wembley showdown has been shrouded in doubt as Whyte (L) continues his media silence
Joyce is keen to challenge for a world title and has already called out Fury, Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker this year – and would happily replace Whyte if it came to it, despite only recently returning from a wrist injury and being a close friend of Fury’s.
‘I’m the can man! I can step in and fight Fury if need be,’ he told the Gary Newbon Sports Show with Jewson.
‘I’m relatively fit. Ideally I’d have a longer camp but I’m in a good place right now.’
When asked about Whyte’s ongoing behaviour, Joyce believes the British fighter ‘needs to get on with it’ despite his feud with Fury’s team over receiving just 20 per cent of the prize pot.
Joyce said he was ‘in a good place’ and would happily headline at the showpiece with Fury
‘I think he was trying to get more money – he knows if he turns up to the press conference Fury is going to rinse him, but he got rinsed anyway.
‘It’s life changing money in the purse, but he needs to just get on with it and build up the fight, see if he can beat Fury.
‘It will be hard for Whyte to get those ‘Body Snatching’ shots. He’s got good power and resistance, let’s see if he can close the range and work Fury’s body, slipping his jabs. There will be a lot of jabs coming from range.
‘He’s got to give him a war on the inside. He has a chance to knock him down, but he’ll have to keep him down. Styles make fights but Fury has a lot of advantages.’
But he urged Whyte to ‘get on with it’ despite getting just 20 per cent of the total winnings
Meanwhile, Joyce revealed he is lining up his next fight for this summer – assuming he does not step in for Whyte – and is in talks with former WBO world champion Joseph Parker, with a possible showdown in June or July.
‘My next fight will be in June or July,’ he added. ‘My team has been in contact with Joseph Parker’s team. We’re looking at potential dates and fights. Let’s see what happens. We’re pushing this year [for a world title fight] or maybe next year. I could potentially get the winner of Oleksandr Usyk or Joshua down the WBO route.
Joyce is currently unbeaten since turning professional in 2017 with 13 straight victories – 12 coming by way of knockout – and he is now staking a claim for a world title fight.
Last month he called out Joshua on social media – posting a mock-up image of the pair under the Wembley arch and saying it would be a ‘massive’ fight between two British stars.
Meanwhile, Joyce has revealed he is in talks to face Joseph Parker (right) this summer
Joyce believes he is ready to face an elite fighter thanks to his ‘relentless style’ and solid chin.
‘I’m a big guy, I’m 6’6, got a long reach,’ he continued. ‘My skills that I picked up – especially working with Ismael Salas and Adam Booth – I picked up more technicque and I’ve learned how to take shots.
‘I’ve got a good chin, punch output and relentless ‘Juggernaut’ style, which is not letting you off.
‘I’ve also got a bit of fundamental skill – head movement and footwork, my timing is very good too. Maybe not speed, but I’m faster than you think.
‘I have a unique style which is a bit unorthodox and I’ll be on you for 12 rounds. I’ve got a very good engine.’
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